The Garden Scout – Update No. 1

Hello friends!

Long time no see.

I know...I've taken a temporary hiatus from writing due to an incredibly busy school year, a new job, and a mountain of garden work to prepare for the upcoming spring.

My seed orders have been placed and new beds have been planned. Overall, I think this year will be the best yet!

I've also been busy on a LOT of awesome behind-the-scenes work for The Garden Scout for the upcoming year - developing new posts, designing a new logo, travelling to some awesome places, and of course, taking hundreds of pictures.

"So, what about this mission of yours?" you may ask.

As most of you know from reading my about page, I have a mission to connect the wisdom and experience of seasoned gardeners with those seeking to grow their gardening knowledge.

Being a 17-year-old with a tight budget, I find that is much easier said than done.  However, I have some ideas rolling around!

I'd like to connect people that share an interest in gardening with one another by interviewing gardeners who have a particular interest or area of expertise and making that information available to everyone. 

I also love the idea of passing gardening knowledge from the older generation to the younger generation. If you happen to know of anyone in your area who is super knowledgeable about a certain type of gardening, contact me!

Building a sense of community through developing an interactive forum is something else I am thinking about.

Those are a few ideas about how I will carry out my mission. Now let's move on to some goals for 2018!

Goal No. 1: Start a mailing list

Starting a mailing list may just seem like a matter of just signing up at some "email marketing" company and sending emails out to my subscribers. Although that's the gist of what an email list is, it is much more involved than that. I have to figure out the right company to host my emails from, as well as figuring out the correct settings and then setting up the actual mailing list. Unfortunately, this is one aspect of The Garden Scout that has been neglected for the past few months, but I'm positive that 2018 will yield a productive email list!

Goal No. 2: Get a better computer to manage The Garden Scout

A new computer has been on my wishlist for years now, but until recently, has not been the most important item on the list. A better camera, this website, and my garden itself have all been priorities in the past. Now that I've finally managed to save up and buy a new camera and start this website, I'm finally able to focus on saving up for a computer. I also (as I've previously mentioned) have gotten a job at a local health food store (much more fun than it sounds), so hopefully with my new job I can save up for the next step.

Goal No. 3: Have a guest post on The Garden Scout

This has been a goal from the start. I want to have someone besides myself contribute to The Garden Scout and share their area of expertise with you to give the best information possible on a subject (better than me researching something that I'm not already familiar with). I can't wait to see this goal become a reality in 2018!

Goal No. 4: Connect with other gardeners around the country

I've already done this a good deal since I've always had a passion for gardening, but I want to continue to meet new gardeners around the country and find out about their style of gardening. For that matter, I'd be interested in meeting non-gardeners who are interested in growing plants and helping them start a garden. If you fall into either one of these categories, feel free to comment down below and express your interest on either learning about a particular topic, or your passion for plants.

Goal No. 5: Figure out social media

As you can probably tell by the post dates on my Instagram, I have struggled to regularly maintain a presence on social media. I'm just not a very media-oriented person. I'd prefer to spend my free time reading a book or learning a new technique in my garden then sitting at the kitchen table, scrunched down over my phone trying to craft a good post. Nevertheless, I see social media as a necessary thing to do in this day and age, so I will work on trying to improve both my regularity and quality.

Goal No. 6: Improve both quantity and quality of posts

This is a hard one. Like I said about social media previously, I have a problem (as most incredibly busy people do) with posting on a regular basis and continually producing high-quality content. I'm truly wanting The Garden Scout to provide the best experience possible to you, my readers, in both information and the way that information is presented (graphics/pictures). This year I want to work on building up a collection of solid posts that discuss a range of topics in the realm of gardening.

Whew!

That was a long list that took even longer to write than it should have. Goals are one of those things that I hate to create unless I know for sure I can stick to them, so I had to think hard about which of my crazy ideas actually seem feasible and which are, well, crazy. Lol

I think that about covers every minute detail that is whizzing through my mind right now (save a few surprises).

If you've read all the way until now, thanks for being interested in the headway of this project, and until the next post (hopefully soon), happy gardening!

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Travis

About Travis

Hi there! I'm Travis and have been gardening for over 10 years now at my home in Ruston, Louisiana. I currently run a garden consulting business and enjoy experimenting with new plants and techniques in my own garden. My goal is to help everyone by providing advice based on experience and enabling people to garden confidently. My greatest passion: connecting with the younger generations (including my own) and helping them see gardening for what it truly is.